Climb Mulhacén with a guide

Climbing Mainland Spain's highest mountain

In good summer conditions it is normally quite safe to make an ascent of Mulhacén using the national park bus from Capileira without a guide. The advantages of using a qualified guide (International Mountain Leader) is that you will hear of the history and folklore of the mountain and you will learn about the unique wildlife: flowers, insects and birds. Your guide will know the best paths and make the best circuit on the mountain and will know the route even if low cloud covers the mountain

A day trip using the National Park bus from Capileira

The bus runs from when the last snow melts on the old road across the Sierra Nevada. Most years this is from mid June through until mid October.

You meet your guide at 8.15am ready to catch the bus from Capileira at 8.30am. The bus takes you to 2700m where your ascent on foot begins. The walk to the summit via the South Ridge takes around 3 hours with detours and stops. After a break on the summit and a chance for photographs, we make our descent down the West flank to the Caldera Refuge enjoying magnificent views across the North Faces of Mulhacén and Alcazaba. We then follow the old Sierra Nevada road back to the bus pick up point for the 4.15pm bus. We arrive back in Capileira around 5pm.

To make a booking, email us with your preferred dates and we will check availability of the bus. [email protected]

Costs including the National Park Bus:

1 person €120
2 people €100 per person
3 people €75 per person
4 people €65 per person
5 people €55 per person
6 people €45 per person

Climb Mulhacen using the bus

2 day round trip to Mulhacén including a night’s stay in the Refugio Poqueira.

This is a true Sierra Nevada “Experience” and if you have the time available, the trip that we would recommend. This route is available most years from April through until mid November.

You meet your guide at 8.30am in Capileira and depart for the high “road head” of Hoya del Portillo at 2100m. The walk to the summit via the South Ridge takes between 5 and 6 hours with plenty of breaks. After spending time on the summit we descend down the West flank to the Caldera Refuge enjoying magnificent views across the North Faces of Mulhacén and Alcazaba. We continue our descent down the Rio Mulhacén to the Refugio Poqueira where we spend the night in dormitory accommodation. The food is good and plentiful and the Refugio has a bar. On day 2 we leave the Refugio at around 9am and reach Capileira at around 2pm.

To make a booking, email us with your preferred dates and we will check availability with the Refugio. [email protected]

Costs including the Refugio (bed breakfast and evening meal):

1 person €320
2 people €240 per person
3 people €190 per person
4 people €165 per person
5 people €145 per person
6 people €135 per person

Climb Mulhacen staying at refugio Poqueira

Ascents of Mulhacén in the winter months

The name Sierra Nevada means snowy mountains. The amount of snow varies from year to year meaning sometime we can take a 4x4 vehicle quite high, whereas sometimes we have to start our trip from the village of Capileira. For our winter trips, mid November through until the end of March we allow 3 days to climb the mountain, spending 2 nights in the Refugio Poqueira.
Day 1 From Capileira or a high car park to the Refugio Poqueira.
Day 2 An ascent of Mulhacén returning back to the Refugio.
Day 3 Back out to Capileira.

To make a booking, email us with your preferred dates and we will check availability with the Refugio. [email protected]

Costs including the Refugio (bed, breakfast, evening meals and 1 lunch):

1 person €540
2 people €420 per person
3 people €340 per person
4 people €300 per person
5 people €270 per person
6 people €250 per person

climbing mulhacen in winter